Congratulations to UT AMS Executive Assistant Stephanie Kaufman, who has received the University of Texas at Austin 2016 President’s Outstanding Staff Award. As President Fenves writes in his award letter, Stephanie “was chosen for this award from 225 nominees in recognition of the positive effect [she] has had on campus, [her] commitment to excellence, and [her] consistent, high-level performance.”
President Fenves got it exactly right; as anyone in American Studies can tell you, the Department would not run without Stephanie. What isn’t clear from the letter however, what couldn’t be clear unless you have the privilege of working with Stephanie Kaufman on a day to day basis, is that she cares deeply for everyone in American Studies and for their success, and she does everything she can to ensure it. We are very lucky that we have her in our community, and we’re extraordinarily happy that the University has recognized her extraordinary contributions. Congratulations, Stephanie!